Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Israeli ambassador to Jordan takes up his post, ending spat

Israeli ambassador to Jordan takes up his post, ending spat

Israel's Foreign Ministry says its fresh ambassador into Jordan is beginning his putting up, ending a months-long gap between the two states within a mortal embassy shooting.

The ambassador, Amir Weissbrod, is expected to submit his credential to king Abdullah in an official ceremony in the coming days, said officials from ministry of foreign affairs.

Relations broke down last summer when an Israeli embassy guard shot two Jordanian citizens, teenager Mohamed Al-Jawawdeh and Bashar Hamarneh, claiming that it was in self-defence as one of them attacked him with a screwdriver.

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A second Jordanian, the apartment's landlord, was also shot dead - apparently by accident.

The incident and Israeli response sparked widespread anger in Jordan, and Amman later said it would not allow the embassy staff to return until Israel opened a serious investigation and offered an apology.

It began when Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the entrances of the site after a deadly shooting, sparking uproar over what was widely perceived by Palestinians as an Israeli attempt to gain further control of the site. The Israeli guard and Israel's then-ambassador were given a hero's welcome by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, infuriating Jordan.

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